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Daily Archives: April 9, 2013

Business & Politics

Chipper and natural gas will save Northern Pulp $16 million/year

Pulp & Paper Canada
April 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Three capital projects in the works for Northern Pulp Nova Scotia are expected to save the NBSK mill about $16 million per year. The projects include the conversion of two boilers and a lime kiln to burn natural gas, and the construction of an on-site chipping facility. The Nova Scotia government announced in early April more than $20 million in loans to the pulp mill, to help fund these projects. In addition, the provincial government is contributing $2.5 million to assist Heritage Gas to extend its pipeline to Pictou County, N.S., where Northern Pulp is located.

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MM Asset Management Inc. Acquires Control Over Common Shares of EACOM Timber Corporation

Marketwire press release
April 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO— MM Asset Management Inc.  announced that one fund it manages and advises, MMCAP International Inc. SPC, has acquired 435,000 common shares  of EACOM Timber Corporation since a take-over bid for all of the outstanding Shares was filed by ET Acquisition Corporation, a corporation indirectly owned by funds managed by Kelso & Company, with the securities regulatory authorities on April 8, 2013. The Shares were acquired through the facilities of the TSX Venture Exchange.

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Resolute seeks tax cut

Chronicle Journal
April 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest product company Resolute plant is hoping for a drastic reduction in the assessed value of its Thunder Bay complex. At Monday’s city council meeting, it was revealed that Resolute is appealing its assessment through the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). The company, council heard, is seeking an assessment reduction of about 60 per cent, retroactive to 2009.  That, city manager Tim Commisso said, would amount to a loss of about $7 million in total tax revenue for those years.

Resolute asks Thunder Bay for ‘ridiculous’ tax break from CBC News

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Lumber industry bounces back in Weldon

RR Daily Herald
April 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Don Bright is excited to watch the lumber industry come back to life. Based on economic trends, he believes the demand for products from his company will outpace the ability to produce. That is why the company expanded. Bright is president of Meherrin River Forest Products, lauded last month by Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker for the company’s effort to operate a mill in Halifax County. A release from the governor indicated Meherrin would create 40 jobs and invest more than $1.8 million over the next three years at the old Coastal Lumber location.

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Pulp mill uncertain in current economy

Tasmania Examiner
April 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE state’s Treasury department has admitted the chances of the $2 billion pulp mill ever being built at Bell Bay are “highly uncertain” in a report that paints a depressing picture of Tasmania’s economic decline over two decades.  The Structural Change in the Tasmanian Economy report, prepared by the Treasury Department, has taken a long-term view of the state’s economic woes. It describes the prospects for a pulp mill going ahead or the reopening of the Triabunna woodchip, owned by environmentalists Jan Cameron and Graeme Wood, as “highly uncertain”.

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Forestry

Forestry Labeling War Turns Ugly As Greenpeace Bungles Logging Industry Attack

Forbes
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

. ..The Canadian boreal forestry mêlée is actually a skirmish in the an ongoing battle between the two major forestry eco-label schemes: the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), a favorite of campaigning greens, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), which was launched by a range of parties independent from but with the financial support of the American Forestry & Paper Association. …The two schemes have different roots and practices but converging
philosophies—although one would never know that from listening to the
high decibel rhetoric when forestry labeling initiatives are debated.

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USDA does about-face, won’t jettison Forest Service’s shield logo

Yakima Herald-Republic
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A plan to drop a recognizable logo in this part of the country — the Forest Service’s iconic shield — generated so much outrage among the agency’s retirees that the idea has been dropped….  But that policy was kept so under wraps that not even Pacific Northwest forest supervisors were told. Some of them only heard about it in retrospect late last week — after the USDA had decided, in light of the virulent opposition from the Forest Service’s “Old Smokies” retiree group, to keep the service’s shield logo intact.

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U.S. Forest Service Restoration Program Improved 800K Acres of Forest in 2012

Fire Engineering
April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A major U.S. Forest Service pilot program treated some 800,000 acres of federal forestland to help protect them from catastrophic wildfire in 2012, and improved the condition of three major watersheds in the interior West. The Integrated Resource Restoration program exceeded or met its goals in almost every performance category, decommissioning 738 miles of roads, enhancing 933 miles of stream habitat and resulting in the sale of more than 850,000 cubic board feet of timber. “Integrated Resource Restoration allows us to be more efficient and strategic in how we manage our forests and grasslands,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.

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Budget cuts force changes in Black Hills beetle fight

Sioux Falls Argus Leader
April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Officials fighting the spread of the mountain pine beetle are looking for ways to stretch their existing money amid worries that their efforts could be squeezed further as lawmakers in Washington push to reduce government spending. The Black Hills National Forest covers more than 1.2 million acres in South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming. During the past 16 years, the mountain pine beetle has spread across more than 416,000 of those acres, home to millions of trees.

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Tales of Actual Legislation: The Lumber Salvage Act

Albany Times Union
April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The recent arrest of Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, D-Bronx, allegedly for taking bribes in exchange for submitting a piece of legislation, reminded us of just how easy it is to introduce a bill at the Capitol. …How many times have you gone for a walk in the woods and said, “Man, look at all the wood just lying around”? That might have happened to Stevenson: If he’s able to hold onto his Assembly seat despite his federal troubles, the lawmaker will no doubt be pushing hard for his “Lumber Salvage Act,” a piece of environmental legislation that could only come from the untracked vastness of the South Bronx.

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FORESTS: UN officials stress forestry as key to economic development and sustainability

UN News Centre
April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The vital role of forests in global development and people’s lives as well as protecting these resources for future generations are at the heart of discussions at the Forum on Forests, senior officials said today, as the United Nations body began its current session. “The tenth session of the Forum is a timely opportunity to re-emphasize the critical role of forests in global development,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo told a news conference on the opening day of the two-week meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Indonesia to raise logging, mining fees in forest areas

Mongabay.com
April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry will soon raise fees on forest exploitation activities including logging, mining, and oil and gas exploration as part of an effort to increase income from resource use, reports The Jakarta Post. The new tax would be set at four million rupiah ($410) per hectare per year, a third higher than the current rate. The proposed revision still requires sign off from the Ministry of Finance. Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan told the The Jakarta Post that the measure would boost the government’s non-tax income from the forestry sector to 4-6 trillion rupiah in 2013 and 2014, up from 3 trillion last year.

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Tree farmers consider legal options

ABC News, Australia
April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmanian farmers are considering legal action after liquidators of the failed timber company Gunns announced they are putting its timber plantations on the market. More than 200,000 hectares of trees will be sold after liquidators walked away from negotiations to hand over management of the timber investment schemes to a single company. …Jan Davis from the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association says there may be grounds for a challenge.

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State Forestry defends logging near Moruya

ABC News, Australia
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State’s Forestry Corporation has defended its decision to begin a harvest near waterways in the Eurobodalla on the New South Wales far south coast. A resident’s group has raised concerns the region’s water supply could be affected if the logging operation goes ahead in the Wanderer and Mogo State Forests, near Moruya, later this month. The Forestry Corporation’s Planning Manager for the Southern Region, Kevin Petty, says the project will not affect rivers and streams.

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Environmental groups reject timber change

Tasmanian Examiner
April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AN ATTEMPT to secure Tasmania’s specialty timber industry by adding a last-resort harvesting clause into the forest peace deal legislation has been added to the list of deal-breaking amendments by environmental groups. And specialty timber advocates say that while the proposal is better than the alternative, it’s not enough to make them support the legislation. …Ms Taylor said much of the specialty timber zone had been included in the nomination to extend the South-West Wilderness Heritage Area.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Federal cash announced for Millar Western

Whitecourt Star
April 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The federal government formally announced funding for Millar Western Forest Products’ bio-energy facility, the construction of which is well under way. Millar Western will be receiving $6.75 million in funding as part of Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program, in an effort to help them bring new and innovative forest products to national and international markets.

Whitecourt Pulp among IFIT funding recipients from Pulp & Paper Canada

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Joint UC San Diego, World Wildlife Fund Program Aims to Unlock Forest Carbon Science and Conservation Funds

PR Newswire
April 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The University of California San Diego and World Wildlife Fund will launch in August a new international certificate program in Advanced Terrestrial Carbon Accounting…. This unique program will train professionals from around the world on how to measure forest carbon – a key step to unlock new public funding to protect forests and fight climate change. The clearing and burning of more than 10 million hectares of tropical forests per year spews almost 200 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per second into the atmosphere, causing an estimated 15 percent of global human greenhouse gas emissions.

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General

Fires burn through parts of Daniel Boone National Forest

WKYT
April 8, 2013
Category: Uncategorised
Region: US East, United States

JACKSON County, Ky.- Forestry officials are hoping they can get a Jackson County fire contained, maybe as soon as this Monday afternoon. So far, it’s burned through more than 700 acres, most of that in the Daniel Boone National Forest. This weather we’ve all been enjoying isn’t necessarily what forest rangers want to see. They say, “There have been ideal fire conditions for probably the last four or five days now,”

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